Goose breast with cranberry maple sauce

Easier than it looks and very tasty. One goose breast will feed two persons.

Ingredients
1 goose breast
1 french shallot, minced
2/3 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup veal stock
rosemary
salt and pepper
ingredients

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
Score the fat of the goose breast in a cross-hatch pattern, bring careful not to cut the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
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2. Put fat side down in a cold skillet and turn on to medium-heat. Allow the fat to render for 2 minutes, removing excess if needed.
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3. Turn over and color the other side of the meat for 2 minutes.
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4. Transfer to an oven safe plate and put in the oven for 15 minutes.
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5. Drain most of the fat from the plate. Add the minced shallots and cook until translucent.
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6. Add the cranberries.
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7. Add the veal stock (don’t be like me, actually get your stock room temperature first).
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8. Add the maple syrup and rosemary.
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9. Bring to a boil and reduce the sauce. Adjust seasoning if needed.
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10. Take the goose breast out of the oven and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes.
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11. Slice and dress with the sauce. Serve with roasted vegetables and a starch of your choice (I went with couscous).
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Lazy Jambalaya

Wholly inaccurate, but easy enough on a weekday. A satisfying one-pot meal with plenty of leftovers for lunches. Leftover portions freeze rather well, so that is always a bonus.

Ingredients :
3 Italian sausage (spicy)
1 onion, chopped
3 celery branches, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups rice
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 table spoon cajun spices
1 table spoon paprika
1 lb shrimp
olive oil
ingredients

1. In a large enamel faitout or dutch oven, warm about a table spoon of the oil. Remove the casing from the sausages and add to the pot.
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2. Break apart into clumps as it cooks.
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3. Once the meat is almost fully cooked, add the onion, bell pepper and celery.
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4. Stir in and cook for a  minute or two then add the frozen peas.
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5. Give the peas a mine to start thawing then add the tomatoes and garlic.
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6. Add the rice. Stir it in, to coat the rice.
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7. Add the chicken broth, paprika and cajun spices.
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8. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes (to get the rice started)
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9. Add the shrimps, still frozen, in a single layer on top.
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10.  Cover and return to heat for 5-10 minutes, or until the shrimps are nicely pink.
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11. Allow to stand for a few minutes (the liquid will be absorbed). Portion out and enjoy!
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Hoisin pork & eggplant stir-fry

This was an exercise in pantry diving more than anything, but it turned out quite tasty.

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin
1 eggplant, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup snow peas
1 table spoon soy sauce
1 table spoon sugar
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
3 table sauce rice vinegar
2 table spoon Sambal oelek
3 tea spoon cornstarch
peanut oil
ingredients

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1. In a bowl, combine the hoisin, rice vinegar, sambal oelek and 1 tea spoon of the cornstarch. Stor together and set aside.
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2. Thinly slice the pork. Combine the remaining cornstarch, the soy sauce and the sugar. Marinade the pork in this mixture for 30 minutes (See here).

Sear the pork until colored, set aside.
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3. Throw the onions in the pan and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant.
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4. Add the eggplants and cook until they start to soften.
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5. Add the snow peas.
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6. Add the hoisin sauce mix.
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7. Return the pork to the pan. Stir to combine.
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8. Simmer until the eggplants are done.
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9. Serve over rice.
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Sausage and Spinach Risotto

Ok, so I totally took this recipe from my friend’s husband (the same who does the amazing drinks). Easy recipe, easy to scale if you’re having people over. Satisfying and filling. And for those who know me, it has *gasps* mushrooms! And I eat it willingly, it’s that good.

Ingredients
14g dried mushroom
6-8 cups water
2 table spoon butter
1 onion
2 italian sausage
1 1/2 cup arborio rice
1 block frozen spinach
Parmesan, to taste
ingredients

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1. Pour the water in a pot and add the dried mushrooms. Bring to a simmer and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
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2. After 10-15 minutes the mushrooms will have reconstituted and you’ll have flavorful stock to use. Keep it warm but not boiling.
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3. In a different, larger pot, melt the butter. Dice the onions and stir into the butter. Cook for a few minutes until translucent.
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4. Remove the casing from the sage and add to the pot. Break any lumps as it cooks.
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5. When the sausage is cooked, add the rice. Stir well to coat. If you have white wine (or vermouth) add about 1/2 cup here and stir until fully absorbed.
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6. Start ladling in the stock, I add it a bit at the time, stirring a lot until absorbed, to coax the starch out of the rice.
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7. When the rice is just shy of done add the spinach. Fish the mushrooms out of any remaining stock and add to the pot as well.
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8. Grate in cheese (to taste). I don’t use all that much.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
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9. Rest for a minute or so then serve.
Enjoy!
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Rabbit stew with barley

Spring is having identity issues this year. It’s still cold outside (enough to wear a jacket, in mid May!), so I wanted something braised and nice and warm. I’d also been wanting to experiment with rabbit meat for a while, so this was the result.

Ingredients
1 rabbit, cut in serving pieces
2 table spoon flour
salt and pepper
1 tea spoon paprika
olive oil
150g spicy pancetta
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 fennel buld, cored and sliced
2 cups white wine
1 table spoon tomato paste
2 table spoon barley
1 sprig of fresh rosemary

ingredients

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1. In a plate, combine the flour, paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Do not under salt.
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2. Dust the rabbit pieces in the flour, shaking off excess.
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3. Warm some oil in the bottom of a dutch oven or french faitout.
Sear on both sides to get some color. Work in batches.
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4. While that’s going, dice up the pancetta.
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5. When all the rabbit has been colored, set it aside.
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6. Lower the heat to a medium-low and throw the pancetta into the pot. It will smoke. A lot.
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7. Cook, stirring often, until most of the fat has been rendered out.
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8. Add the fennel and onions.
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9. Cook until the onions are translucent and the fennel starts to soften. Add the tomato paste and garlic.
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10. Add the wine, scrapping up anything stuck at the bottom of the pot. Add the rosemary.
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11. Nestle the rabbit back into the pot, making sure it’s as much under the liquid as possible.
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12. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add the barley.
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13. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Then remove the lid and continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes (to allow the sauce to reduce)
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14. Serve with good crusty bread to soak up the sauce. Enjoy!
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Seven vegetable couscous

Well, my version of the traditional Moroccan dish anyway. Tasty and makes a lot of food.

Ingredients:
4 bone-in chicken thighs
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tea spoon couscous spices, ground
1 table spoon butter
6 cups water
2 medium onions, quartered
2 small eggplant, sliced in coins
5 carrots, cut in chunks
3 turnip, cut in chunks
3 zucchini, cut in eights
4 medium tomatoes, cut in sixths
1/2 cauliflower, in florets
1/2 lb mergez
1/2 tea spoon ras el hanout
2 cups chickpeas (optional)
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1. Grind the spices.
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2. In a large pot, combine the chopped onion, the chicken thighs and the spices.
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3. Add the butter and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and poach for 30 minutes.
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4. Add the quartered onions, carrots and turnips. Simmer for 20 minutes.
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5. Add the sliced eggplant. Simmer for 5 minutes or so.
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6. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for 5 more minutes. At this point you can add the chickpeas, if using.
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7. You want the vegetables cooked but not mushy (except the eggplant, which will likely fall apart).
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8. Pan grill the mergez.
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9. Serve over couscous, draining extra liquid.
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Arroz con Pollo

Well, not a traditional version., but close enough. A nice warm and filling casserole of spicy chicken and savory rice. Reheats beautifully for lunches and has enough depth of flavor that you don’t get bored eating it after a few days.

Ingredients:
1 table spoon apple cider vinegar
2 tea spoon red pepper flakes
2 large cloves of garlic
1 tea spoon salt
1/2 tea spoon pepper
6 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on if you want)
1 onion
2 bell peppers
4 cups chicken stock (1 liter)
generous pinch of saffron threads
1 pint diced tomatoes
1 dried yunnan pepper
1/2 tea spoon cumin
2 bay leaves
2 cups rice
ingredients

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1. Combine the apple cider vinegar, pepper flakes, minced garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
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2. Put the chicken in a large ziploc bag.
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3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and massage to coat the meat. Put in the fridge for 1 hour minimum, up to overnight.
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4. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, chop the onion and bell peppers.
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5. Pour the chicken stock in a large pot and bring to just under a boil.
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6. Warm the oil in a large enamel cast iron pot (Dutch oven or French faitout). Retrieve the marinated chicken and add to pot in a single layer over medium to medium-high heat. Allow to cook for a few minutes, just to get some color.
Don’t breathe in the fumes… vinegar and red pepper flames are hard on sinuses.
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7. Flip and color the other side then set aside.
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8. Your broth should be warm by now. Add the saffron, then turn the heat to low and allow to steep.
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9. Drain excess fat from the pot (especially if you cooked your chicken with the skin on).
Add the vegetables to the pot. use the moisture from the onions to scrape up any tasty stuck bits. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until softened and the onions start turning translucent.
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10. Add the tomatoes.
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11. Once the tomatoes are bubbling, add the ground cumin.
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12. Add the rice.
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13. Stir the rice until it has absorbed the pan juices, about 3-5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot.
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14. Add the saffron broth, bay leaves and crumble in the yunnan pepper.
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15. Bring to a boil. Then lower the heat to a low simmer and cover.
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16. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. Then turn the heat off and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
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17. Portion out and enjoy!
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